The Los Angeles Angeles sign Shane Robinson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 5:00 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have signed 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Shane Robinson to a minor league deal.  Robinson played in 83 games for the Twins last year and he was 45 of 180 (.250 avg, .621 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 0 homers, 16 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  He has now played in 351 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 138 of 582 (.237 avg, .615 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 5 homers, 53 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Robinson will have to work his way to L.A. by playing well in AAA.

Mike Morin is looking good for the Los Angeles Angels this spring

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 11:57 am

24-year old righty reliever Mike Morin is looking good this spring for the Los Angeles Angels.  Morin pitched in 8 games (0 starts) so far in spring training for the Angels and he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.38 WHIP.  Morin pitched in 47 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 4-2 with 1 save, a 6.37 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 107 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 8-6 with 1 save, a 4.20 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  The Angels are hoping that Morin’s nice spring means he will pitch more like the pitcher he was in 2014, instead of the guy that pitched last year.

The Reds have offered Chris O’Grady back to the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 30 March 2016 at 4:32 pm

The Cincinnati Reds have offered 25-year old lefty reliever Chris O’Grady back to the Los Angeles Angels.  The Reds took him in the Rule 5 Draft.  O’Grady pitched in 45 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 0-5 with 4 saves, a 3.28 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 127 games (7 starts) in his first four years in the minors (all with the Angels) and he is 10-13 with 9 saves, a 3.21 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  The Angels have a weak farm system, so they should take O’Grady back from the Reds.

UPDATE:  (3/31/2016) – The Angels have accepted O’Grady back from the Reds.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Kyle Kendrick

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 30 March 2016 at 4:28 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have signed 31-year old righty starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 2 games (both starts) for the Braves in spring training and he was 0-2 with a 22.09 ERA and a 4.64 WHIP before being cut by them early.  He pitched in 27 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 7-13 with a 6.32 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 253 games (212 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 81-81 with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  If Kendrick makes a good early impression on the Angels, he could be starting with them in the near future.

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Chris Jones from the Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 7:55 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 27-year old lefty reliever/starter Chris Jones from the Baltimore Orioles for 20-year old lefty swinging outfielder Natanael Delgado and 22-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Erick Salcedo.  Jones pitched in 30 games (22 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 8-8 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 256 games (62 starts) in his first nine years in the minors and he is 44-40 with 7 saves and a 3.35 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Jones will get a shot in the bullpen for the Angels at some point in 2016.  He might even be in the pen on Opening Day.  Delgado came into 2016 as the Angels’ #29 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 108 games in A-ball for the Angels last year and he was 99 of 411 (.241 avg, .631 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 6 homers, 46 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Salcedo played in 95 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 65 of 280 (.232 avg, .535 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 0 homers, 16 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  The Angels made a good deal here, as Jones might be able to help them right away in 2016.

Deolis Guerra is going to start 2016 late for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 7:49 pm

26-year old righty reliever Deolis Guerra will be out several weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.  He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in spring training for the Los Angeles Angels and he was 0-1 with a 8.22 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP.  Guerra pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Pirates last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 2-0 with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.  He also pitched in 25 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year in which he was 2-1 with 4 saves, a 1.23 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP.  Guerra will have to work his way to L.A. after he gets healthy.

The Los Angeles Angels have sent Al Alburquerque to AAA

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 2:45 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have sent 29-year old righty reliever Al Alburquerque to AAA to open the 2016 season.  He pitched in 8 games (0 starts) this spring for the Angels and he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.  He pitched in 67 games (0 starts) for the Tigers last year and he was 4-1 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  Alburquerque has pitched in 241 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 17-6 with 1 save, a 3.20 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  I have a feeling that Alburquerque will pitch at some point in 2016 for the Angels, as he has outstanding stuff.

The Los Angeles Angels send five players to the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 1:04 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have sent 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tropeano, 29-year old lefty reliever Lucas Luetge, 27-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter, 30-year old righty reliever Javy Guerra and 31-year old righty swinging infielder Gregorio Petit to the minors to begin the 2016 season.  Tropeano pitched in 3 games (all starts) in spring training for the Angels and he was 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He pitched in 8 games (7 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 3-2 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 12 games (11 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 4-5 with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  Luetge pitched in 7 games (0 starts) this spring and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.  He pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Mariners last year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.  Luetge has now pitched in 111 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 3-5 with 2 saves, a 4.35 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  Achter pitched in 9 games (0 starts) this spring and he was 1-0 with 1 save, a 0.93 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.  He pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Twins last year and he was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  Achter has now pitched in 18 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Guerra pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in spring training for the Angels and he was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  He pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the White Sox last year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.  Guerra has now pitched in 146 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 6-9 with 30 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  Petit played in 18 games this spring and he was 10 for 32 (.313 avg, .927 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  He played in 20 games for the Yankees last year and he was 7 for 42 (.167 avg, .455 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers and 5 RBIs.  Petit has now played in 82 games in his first four years in the show and he is 49 of 193 (.254 avg, .640 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 15 RBIs.  I can see all of these guys playing for the Angels at some point in 2016, as their minor league system doesn’t have much talent at the top of it right now.

The Los Angeles Angels send Quintin Berry to AAA

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 27 March 2016 at 7:35 am

The Los Angeles Angels have sent 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Quintin Berry to AAA-ball.  Berry played in 8 games for the Cubs last year and he was 0 for 1 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 stolen bases.  He also played in 111 games in AAA-ball last year in which he was 84 of 373 (.225 avg, .607 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 4 homers, 38 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.  Berry has played in 125 games in his first four years in the show and he is 80 for 302 (.265 avg, .704 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 3 homers, 33 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  Berry could make it back to the majors at some point in 2016.

The Los Angeles Angels release Trevor Gretzky

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 27 March 2016 at 7:32 am

The Los Angeles Angels have released 23-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Trevor Gretzky.  Gretzky played in 78 games in A-ball last year and he was 64 of 264 (.242 avg, .630 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 2 homers, 21 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  He has played in 215 games in his first four years in the minors (never about A-ball) and he was 190 of 735 (.259 avg, .638 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 6 homers, 58 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Angels, as Gretzky didn’t show much in the minors for them.  And yes, he is the son of Wayne Gretzky!

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